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I have a question regarding potassium intake. On February 20th of this year I started a diet because I was in dire need to lose weight due to morbid obesity. Since then I've lost 42 lbs. My diet consists of 1500 calories a day with a break down of 50% carbs, 30% protien and 20% fats.

However, the last week or so I've started feeling pretty bad, muscle cramps, water retention, and heart palpitations. Two days ago it was really bad and I was going to see my Dr. but he is out of town until Monday.

I went back through my journal to see if I'm lacking any vitamins or minerals and I noticed that I've only been taking in about 1.5 grams of Potassium per day. From what I've read the average person takes in 2 - 6 grams per day, but a person of my size (currently 336lbs) should be taking in about 3.5 grams a day.

My question is, will it be ok for me to take 800mg of potassium a day as a supplement? I'm considering taking 200mg four times a day (morning, noon, dinner, before bed) when I have a low potassium day.

The problem I have is the higher potassium foods I like are too high in calories for me to consume to meet potassium requirements.

Any thoughts?
Drink a glass of OJ in the morning. Good sources of potassium are strawberries, tomatoes, and oranges amoung others. you could also goole postassium rich foods and see what the comes up with. I average between 2000 to 2500 mg a day
If you are pretty sure that you are low on potasssium, the 800 mg. supplementation will probably help.
When you see your doctor, get the blood test, anhd if low, get an Rx for prescription potassium chloride...it's MUCH cheaper that way.

I share your concern for the caloric price of getting 4 grams of potassium in the diet.
You probably need more K+ in your diet but it's always safe to be tested. It is an easy adjustment to make.

As you may know the maximum amount of potassium that is sold in a supplement is 99 mgms per pill.

I have hypoaldosteronism --a condition where I need extra potassium daily because I loose alot of potassium daily. I take a potassium sparing diuretic along with 25 milli-equivalents of KCL and 24 -- potassium gluconate pills daily. This keeps my potassium above 4.0--

If your K+ level gets much below 3.6 -- like to 3.2 -- your chances of an irregular heart beats goes up 50%. But, everyone is slightly different-- it's always best to be safe.

God Bless ~~~Harry
[QUOTE=Kathy C]Drink a glass of OJ in the morning. Good sources of potassium are strawberries, tomatoes, and oranges amoung others. you could also goole postassium rich foods and see what the comes up with. I average between 2000 to 2500 mg a day

add bananas to that. very easy way to up your pottasium intake- i eat them to replenish glycogen and pottassium after working out.

alex.